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Why Good People Do Bad Things

Understanding Our Darker Selves
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
April, 2008
ISBN:
9781592403417
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$19.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

James Hollis, Jungian analyst and author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Swamplands of the Soul, etc., guides readers to an understanding of those, um, “discrepancies” that lie between our professed values and our more habitual, often destructive, actions.

How is it that good people do bad things? Why is our personal story and our societal history so bloody, so repetitive, so injurious to self and others? How do we make sense of the discrepancies between who we think we are—or who we show to the outside world—versus our everyday behaviors? Why are otherwise ordinary people driven to addictions and compulsions, whether alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, infidelity, or the internet? Why are interpersonal relationships so often filled with strife?

Exploring Jung’s concept of the Shadow—the unconscious parts of our self that contradict the image of the self we hope to project—Why Good People Do Bad Things guides you through all the ways in which many of our seemingly unexplainable behaviors are manifestations of the Shadow. In addition to its presence in our personal lives, Hollis looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our culture—in history, religion, organizations, and corporations.  Exploring our Shadow is important to our growth because it helps us repair inner fractures and explore what forces are working aginst us, and why. Accepting and examining the Shadow as part of one’s self, Hollis suggests, is the first step toward wholeness.

Working with the Shadow is not working with evil, per se. It is working toward the possibility of greater wholeness. We will never experience healing until we can come to love our unlovable places, for they, too, ask love of us.

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

Now in paperback, a penetrating understanding of the discrepancies that lie between our professed values and our frequently destructive actions.

How is it that good people do bad things? Why do otherwise ordinary people gamble, drink, embezzle company funds, become addicted to Internet porn, cheat on their spouse, or repeat the same destructive behaviors in relationships, at work, or in their habits? And, on a grander scale, how can we reconcile all of the pain and suffering present in the world?

In "Why Good People Do Bad Things," James Hollis offers wisdom to help you acquire a new level of awareness to your daily actions and choices. Exploring the Shadow is important to our growth because it helps us repair inner fractures and explore what forces are working against us, and why. Hollis also looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our cultureain history, religion, organizations, and corporationsain addition to its presence in our personal lives.

Exploring Jungs concept of the Shadow - the unconscious part of ourselves that contradicts the image we hope to project - this book reveals how seemingly unexplainable behaviors such as addictions and compulsions are manifestations of the Shadow. In addition to its presence in our personal lives, Hollis looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our culture. Accepting and examining our Shadow is the first step toward wholeness, he suggests, offering a new way of understanding our darker selves and moving toward healing. Now in paper. 288 pp.

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